Hon­or­ing the life of Bishop Thomas John Claggett

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - By JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES jclinkscales@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JClink_En­qGaz

St. Paul’s Parish Baden Church in Brandy­wine held a bi­cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion Satur­day in honor of its for­mer rec­tor, the Rev. Thomas John Claggett, who was Mary­land’s first Epis­co­pal bishop and the first bishop con­se­crated in Amer­ica.

The bi­cen­ten­nial – which was in­tended as an event of his­tor­i­cal in­ter­est but ori­ented to the present and fu­ture – fo­cused on the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties that to­day’s church and com­mu­nity face in a dif­fer­ent day of new be­gin­nings.

The event also fea­tured a Holy Eucharist ser­vice fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion at St. Paul’s Parish Hall which in­cluded ex­hibits and his­tor­i­cal dis­plays. All vis­i­tors were also given tours of the church, along with its ceme­tery.

Spe­cial guests in­cluded Mary­land Se­nate Pres­i­dent Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert, Charles, Prince Ge­orge’s), Del. El­iz­a­beth “Susie Proc­tor” (D-Prince Ge­orge’s, Charles) and other pub­lic ser­vice of­fi­cials, mem­bers of nearby Epis­co­pal parishes, Claggett/Clagett fam­ily mem­bers as well as Vir­ginia The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary pro­fes­sor Robert W. Prichard, a preacher and church his­to­rian who spoke about Claggett’s life.

Rev. Charles Hof­facker, rec­tor of St. Paul’s Parish Baden Church, seated right, in­ter­acts with guests dur­ing a re­cep­tion at St. Paul’s Parish Hall which in­cluded ex­hibits and his­tor­i­cal dis­plays.

Mary­land Se­nate Pres­i­dent Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. con­verses with the Rev. Wil­liam Tich­nor and an­other guests in­side St. Paul’s Parish Hall.

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